10 articles tagged "Syrian Kurds"
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US Marines in northern Syria
Two Mid East leaders make no headway with Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 11, 2017

Two close US allies, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, traveled to Moscow this week to press different cases relatied to Syria to Putin. Netanyahu focused on Iran; Erdogan on the Kurds..

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Obama hits Trump tie with Putin, Erdogan on Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2016

Half a dozen long convoys of trucks carrying US arms, hurriedly put together by US military headquarters in Baghdad, have crossed the border in the last three days on their way to the Syrian Kurdish PYD-YPG militia, 

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The Operation to Retake Raqqa from ISIS Is Still Far off
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2016

Ashton Carter can’t bring Turkey and the Kurds together for an operation.

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Erdogan tells US: Stop backing the Kurds
DEBKAfile Special Report August 30, 2016

US-Turkish discord over the Turkish army’s onslaught on the Kurds of northern Syria reached a new low Wednesday, Aug. 30, when the presidential palace spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in Ankara: “The US must revise its policy of supporting Kurdish forces.”

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US, Russia trade blows in Syria on Kurds’ backs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2016

The near-clash between US and Syrian warplanes over Kurdish Hassaka in northern Syrian Friday Aug. 19 sprung out of the Obama administration’s decision the day before to try and draw the line on the growing Russian-Iranian-Turkish-Syrian collaboration in the conjoined Syrian-Iraqi arenas.

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Why Does America Shirk Smashing the Raqqa Global Terror Hub?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 11, 2016

Less military force is available for this offensive even than for the Mosul operation.

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Russia backs self-ruling Kurdish buffer state at Turkey’s back door
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2016

On Thursday, March 17, not even four days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of his country’s forces from Syria, he started redrawing its map and dividing up the country into independent federations that will be under Russian influence. He started by backing the Kurdish semiautomous state on the Turkish border.

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Russian-Turkish clash building up over Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report February 14, 2016

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan clearly took a calculated risk when he ordered a two-hour cross-border artillery bombardment Saturday, Feb. 13 of Syrian army forces positioned around the northern Syrian town of Azaz and the Kurdish YPG militia units which two days earlier took control of the former Syrian military air base of Minagh some six kilometers from the Turkish border. All eyes are now on Moscow. Much depends on Russia’s comeback for the artillery bombardment of its Syrian and Kurdish allies. It is up to Putin to decide when and how to strike back – if at all.

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Massive foreign buildup in northern Syria
A new US-Russian-Turkish military buildup over Syria: In unison or at odds?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2016

The US and Russia are in the process of a military buildup in the Kurdish areas of northern Syria. It is ranged along a narrow strip of land 85 km long, stretching from Hassakeh in the east up to the Kurdish town of Qamishli on the Syrian-Turkish border. Facing them from across that border is a parallel buildup of Turkish strength. This highly-charged convergence of three foreign armies along a tense borderland is reported here by debkafile’s military sources. It is too soon to determine whether the three are operating in sync or at odds.

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Syrian Kurds’ Wants Autonomy Guaranteed for Helping to Vanquish ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

The Syrian Kurds are playing hardball with Russia and the US, demanding heavy weapons and guarantee of autonomy as the price for helping either of them to beat ISIS.

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